LONDON—United Kingdom-based Rubber in Engineering Group of IOM3 will host an online session March 17 on the sustainability of elastomers, particularly in tires.
The session will be part of the Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability event, taking place March 15-17.
The event will bring together companies and individuals to highlight "the best of activities" aimed at preventing the landfilling or incinerating of plastics.
The RIEG session will look into tire particles as a major source of microplastic in the oceans and increased focus on making road transport more sustainable.
Joe Hallet, technical service manager at Birla Carbon, will chair the event. Participants also include David Greenfield, managing director at SOENECS (social, environmental and economic solutions) Ltd.; James Busfield, chair, professor of materials and national teaching fellow, director of industrial engagement and head of the soft matter group at RIEG, Queen Mary University of London; and Lewis Tunnicliffe, product design and development manager at Birla Carbon.
The next RIEG event will be on June 17 and will focus on elastomers used in electric vehicles, championed by Julien Ramier of Schlumberger or Izaak Watson of Martin's Rubber.
On Sept. 16, the group will host an afternoon on elastomers in high energy radiation, supported by Izaak Watson or Stephen Millington of Artis.
In addition to its technical afternoon events, the RIEG is also helping organize and promote the events by the International Rubber Conference.
Those include the rescheduled IRC2021, which will take place in Nuremberg, Germany, on June 27-30.
Also supported by RIEG, RubberCon 2022 will take place in Kuala Lumpur Sept. 6-8, while IRC2022 will be in Bangalore, India, Nov. 24-26.
In 2023, the RIEG will be hosting RubberCon 2023 in Edinburgh, U.K., on May 10-11. The call for papers of the event is now open.